The debate over whether butter or margarine is more advantageous for your health has been going on for years. With conflicting information reported in the news and evolving viewpoints on fat consumption, it’s no wonder people are confused.
Part of the problem is that researchers are still learning about fat and how it affects our health, mainly its impact on a person’s risk for heart disease.
But there are some principles that are mostly agreed upon: Not all fat is “bad” for you, and you need to consume some fat for a healthy, balanced diet. Additionally, most health experts agree that you should try to replace butter and margarine with healthier alternatives such as olive oil, canola oil and soybean oil when you can.
But for those times when you use butter or margarine, which one should you turn to? For answers, we asked Hillary Joel, an outpatient dietitian at Tidelands Health.
The topic is one of many health subjects the nutrition services team at Tidelands health discusses during its periodic supermarket tours, which help consumers shop healthy on a budget. The tours are part of the health system’s commitment to help people live better lives through better health.